from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. Any of several goatlike mammals of the genus Hemitragus of mountainous regions of Asia, having curved horns and a shaggy coat.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. one of three species of large Asian ungulates belonging to the subfamily Caprinae (goats)
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. Same as thar.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. See thar.
"The tahr is a fine-looking beast, although his horns are small, and he cannot compare with his majestic relatives, the ibex and the markhor.
The gal that owns this rifle has used it on mule deer in Colorado, elk and moose in Utah, and red stag, chamois, and tahr in New Zealand.
Other members of the genus are the Himalayan tahr (H. jemlahicus) and the Nilgiri tahr (H. hylocrus) from the Nilgiri Hills and western ghats of southern India.
The Arabian tahr (Hemitragus jayakari), a type of wild goat inhabiting precipitous mountain slopes and stark bare cliffs, occurs only in the mountains of northern Oman and the United Arab Emirates and is a regional endemic.
Among the endemic species are the golden langur (Trachypithecus geei, EN), restricted to a small area in the Eastern Himalaya, the Himalayan tahr (Hemitragus jemlahicus, VU) and the pygmy hog (Sus salvanius, CR), which has its stronghold in the Manas National Park.
Parambikulam, Anamalai, and Eravikulam lie adjacent to each other and form a large protected area complex that harbors important Nilgiri tahr populations.
Results from recent surveys suggest that populations of both tahr and musk deer have increased substantially since the park was gazetted and could lead to a recovery in the snow leopard population, probable signs of which were seen in the Gokyo Valley.
However, the population decline of the tahr has been caused by heavy hunting pressure and habitat conversion.
At lower altitudes the tahr also use patches of grassland that grow on rock-sheeted substrates.
Tigers, leopards (Panthera pardus), and wild dogs (Cuon alpinus) are the natural predators of Nilgiri tahr.